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Under the initiative of Police Chief Terry Keefe, Layton Police Department began conducting field checks of registered sex offenders in 2007. At that time, detectives would conduct these checks, report their findings to the Department of Corrections, and file applicable criminal charges against offenders who were not complying with registration requirements.

Prior to funding obtained by the Department of Corrections, only a small group of police agencies were performing this critical task. These verification checks ensured mandatory information listed on the Utah State Sex Offender Registry site was current and accurate. These checks also provided investigators a face-to-face contact with a previously convicted offender residing in the City, which enhanced overall public safety.

In 2009, The Utah Department of Corrections was awarded a Department of Justice grant to enforce sex offender compliance under Utah registration requirements of the Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry law. In conjunction with this grant, participating law enforcement agencies throughout Utah formed Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) teams in order to perform individual and address verifications and locate non-compliant offenders. The grant funding ended in 2011, but the Layton Police Department has remained vigilant in conducting verification checks and enforcing sex offender registration requirements.

Through the direction of Chief Keefe, Layton Patrol Officers were also trained to conduct verification checks and began this process in 2013. Sex offenders are required to register their information in person with Layton Detectives twice per year at the Layton Police Department. Offenders must also meet with detectives any time there is a change in their registration information. During the months in between the registration appointments at the Department, patrol officers conduct verification checks at the offenders’ homes to ensure their registration information is accurate. Any violations can be enforced by the patrol officers or forwarded to detectives for further follow up.

With this process in place, each offender’s information should be verified at least four times per year, with two of those verification checks taking place at the offender’s residence to ensure the accuracy of the information. The Layton City Police Department maintains a professional and respectful relationship with sex offenders who live in our City. Chief Keefe would like to reassure our citizens that we will remain committed to conducting verification checks and enforcing sex offender registration requirements.

For information on offenders that live within Layton City, please visit the Utah Department of Corrections website.

 
 
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